Hebrews

Hebrews 10:11-18 Christ Reigns.

There are many verses in this letter, like 11, which affirm that at the time of writing the priests and the temple services were still operating, and our author has also stressed, these sacrifices “can never take away sins” (Cf. Nu. 28:3). On the other hand, the Son, “this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool” (vv. 12-13 Cf. 1:3, 13; Ps. 110; Mt. 22:41-46; Mk. 12:35-37; Lk. 20:41-44; Acts 2:34-36; Eph. 1:22). To be quite blunt, the once for all finished work of the Son is the basis of His messianic reign, which began with His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and this millennial reign will continue till “His enemies are made His footstool.”

To suggest that His reign has not begun, whether that be by premillenialists (both historic and dispensational), or amillenialists, or some postmillenialists who put it off to the distant future, all miss this clear statement. Also, any who miss the nature of this millennial reign, also miss this clear point-it is a reign of the Son as Prophet, Priest, and King. The word is the foundation, and the effective power to transform and see this reign take place, is through the priestly finished work of the Son. However, He is also reigning now as King, and this involves the whole of life, and there is no enemy of His that will not be “made His footstool,” with the last enemy, before His return in judgment, will be death itself (I Cor. 15:20-28).

Through His sacrifice, the Son “has perfected those who are being sanctified” (v. 14). As noted in the previous passage, the Son has purchased both definitive and progressive sanctification for His own. God’s people were perfected at the very moment He ascended to the throne, and that perfection is being worked out by the Son through the progressive sanctification of His people, fulfilling the original creation mandate as God’s image bearers in this world (Gen. 1:26), now through the effective power of the gospel proclaimed in the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20; Mk. 16:19-20). Therefore we are not ashamed of this gospel (Rom. 1:16-17). The Levitical priests stood, because their work was never done, but the Son sits on His throne.

Again, our author repeats the core of the Stipulations section (4:14-10:25), by repeating that in the sacrifice of the Son as our High Priest, he has made the sacrificial system, with its ordinances, obsolete, because in His new covenant sacrifice there is the forgiveness of sins, and with it the rest of the law is written on the very hearts or core of His people (vv. 16-17 Cf. vv. 5-10; Jer. 31:33-34). Where there is thus a complete remission of sins, there is no more requirement for the offerings which simply pointed forward to that which has come. “Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens” (8:1).

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